It’s not a Chromebook but it could almost be: damn low price, small 11.6″ screen and entry-level Celeron processor with 2GB RAM. It is HP Stream 11-P010nr, a Windows-based machine made to compete with Chrome laptops. Below, I’ll tell you if such a budget system can actually run programs without slowing down or if it’s just too slow a notebook to consider.
How’s the general performance?
HP Stream 11-P010nr can’t be described as a powerful laptop. It houses the Intel Celeron N2840 processor, a dual-core CPU (2.2GHz base speed, 2.6GHz burst frequency) known for its low-key performance. The unit receives only a low 1000 points in CPU Mark tests, that kind of grade lets you run web browser, YouTube and some very simple games, but not much more. The good side is low power consumption, there shouldn’t be issues with overheating using this processor.
The notebook has 2GB DDR3L 1600MHz RAM. That is onboard memory, so you can’t add more. It’s just enough to run those basic programs on Windows 8.1 64-bit, but certainly not sufficient if heavier software is your thing.
Storage is a 32GB eMMC (embedded MultiMediaCard). The drive is not a real solid-state drive even though some vendors label it as one. It’s more like a poor man’s version of solid-state drive, with slower transfer rates than SSD but still higher than that of a hard drive. Space-wise, the current eMMC will leave you around 20 gigabytes after Windows files.
Can it run games well?
HP Stream 11-P010nr is not a gaming laptop at all. The combination of integrated HD Graphics (Bay Trail) unit, slow Celeron and little 2GB RAM make a bad foundation for players. You can say goodbye to games like GTA 5, at least if you don’t want play with constant choppy frames. However, many low-level games such as Counter-Strike: Go, World of Warcraft and Sims 4 work fine, at least on lower settings and resolutions.
Does it have a good screen?
HP Stream 11-P010nr features a small 11.6″ display with touch support and 1366×768 resolution. It should be a decent screen for everyday use, and at least portability of such a compact display is excellent. Also remember it has a 360 degrees hinge, you can use this unit as a notebook or tablet as you please.
What peripherals can I connect?
HP Stream 11-P010nr has three USB ports, not a bad amount given the small physical size. One of the USBs is version 3.0. HDMI output seems to be there as well, accepting a HD television or desktop monitor.
You can connect this thing to Internet with or without cable: it features a 100Mbps RJ-45 port and a 802.11b/g/n Wireless + Bluetooth 4.0 card.
Optical drive is of course non-existent. If you want support for DVDs an external disc drive is a good idea. You can also utilize the HP’s built-in SD card slot if you have memory cards at hand.
Front-facing HD webcam is included so Skype video is possible here.
Other things worthy of knowing?
This computer should great for on-the-go people. See, it weighs only 3.31 pounds and is no problem to carry around. And thanks to the low power components, the 3-cell 43Wh battery will last as long as 8 hours web surfing use – that is not taken from the ad copy, but real user reports confirm this.
The keyboard is not backlit, it never is on this cheap machines.
HP Stream 11-P010nr can indeed work as a good alternative for Chromebook. This thing can run familiar Windows-based programs while Chrome OS requires a lot of tinkering for that. Other advantage is the support for gaming: if the system requirements are met, Windows games work here. The tablet mode will also be an useful feature to many. Although neither, this nor Chromebook, are good for heavier use, if you’re looking for a decent basic laptop I’d vouch for this HP Stream over a Chrome notebook due to the aforementioned reasons.